Four-star cornerback Tre Shaw returned to North Carolina last Wednesday for the Tar Heels’ exclusive junior day. The experience left quite an impression on the 6-foot, 180-pounder.
“I don’t have any particular schools sticking out,” Shaw said. “But, I’m really interested in North Carolina right now. They really stood out to me when I took the visit. They welcomed me with open arms when I got there. And it had a great environment.
“And [I’m really interested in] Auburn.”
Shaw, a product of Ellenwood (Ga.) Cedar Grove who camped at Chapel Hill last June, made the trek to UNC on Wednesday with his mother and cousin. After spending the night in the area, they stopped by NC State on their way home.
In addition to UNC and NC State, Shaw has visited Alabama, Auburn, Duke, Florida, Ole Miss, South Carolina, and has taken multiple trips to Georgia.
For the time being, Shaw is finished with college visits. His focus now is taking the ACT and SAT, along with a couple showcase camps.
A total of 26 schools have offered Shaw a scholarship, including each of the aforementioned programs, as well as Michigan, Michigan State, Tennessee, Wake Forest, and Wisconsin.
Shaw and company arrived at UNC on Wednesday a couple of hours before the junior day’s activities began. The early arrival permitted him to spend some quality time with Charlton Warren, the Tar Heels’ defensive backs coach.
“He was just trying to see how I liked [the school], basically,” Shaw said. “He told me that I basically have a home at UNC and it’s a place where I should come.”
Shaw says that Warren hasn’t exactly said where Shaw fits into UNC’s defensive scheme. Regardless, Warren projects Shaw to see the field sooner rather than later, if he were to come to UNC.
“He said that he plays five DBs at a time,” Shaw said. “And they play their freshmen, so I’d have a great chance of getting on the field if I come there.”
For Cedar Grove, which went 11-2-1 in 2015, Shaw has played every skill position -- cornerback, safety, receiver, running back, and quarterback. As a junior, he made over 100 tackles, 20 pass breakups, and an interception. Also, he had 452 yards rushing.
After a couple of hours with Warren, Shaw joined the junior day attendees for the event’s actitives.
“They had some fun things for us," Shaw said. "We tried on some jerseys with my mom. She liked it.
“And then, we took pictures with the coaches.”
Lastly, the junior day’s main event: the UNC-Duke basketball game.
“It was great,” Shaw said. “It was very loud. I liked seeing the people support their school – having school spirit. The people treated us really well. I had a great time.”
During the visit, Shaw met William Sweet, a freshman offensive lineman for the Tar Heels. The two have remained in contact since.